2 June 2009

Somalia: Fresh Fighting Breaks Out in Mogadishu

Somalia — Heavy fighting between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces against the government has broken out in Derkenley district in the south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Tuesday.

Residents told Shabelle radio that the fighting is a very heavy fighting which both sides are using heavy gunfire as many of the residents started fleeing from their house in the area of the fighting.

Sources said that both the government soldiers and the Islamist forces were amassing troops in Derkenley district and the neighborhoods that the fighting is continuing now are like: Showriga, Dabaqeyn, Hosh, Sarmadow and around Kah-Sheikal village in the Somali capital Mogadishu

No casualty has been reported so far as the sound heavy weapons could be hear the entire Derkenley district in Mogadishu.

The residents expressed concern about the fighting in Derkenley district those are including those who displaced from the other districts in Mogadishu due to fighting.

The fighting comes as there has been military maneuver between the government soldiers and the Islamist forces who are manning the control of the police station of Derkenley district in the Mogadishu.

On the other hand reports from the Yaqshid district in the north of the capital say that the government soldiers had retaken over the control of Yaqshid district police station once again after fighting between the soldiers and the Islamist organization forces of Hisbul Islam.

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